It is no longer a secret that Germany can make some of the world’s finest sparkling wines. Often people think of Riesling, naturally, and look to the Mosel, Rheingau and the Pfalz. But Germany’s south is making wines that are at least as good, if not better! And the grapes? Well, Baden, in particular, is solidly Pinot country….
This absolutely exquisite wine from Freiburg’s own Staatsweingut is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - two of Champagne’s famous grapes, to be sure, but coming from the volcanic soils of the southern tip of the Kaisterstuhl, an extinct volcano not far from Freiburg in Baden. The vineyard is the Doktorgarten in Ihringen, a VDP Grosse Lage site, making it one of Germany’s finest vineyards. It is a vintage wine: a 2012. It aged for five years on the lees in the bottle. And there is no dosage.
Crisp, toasty and full of crunchy apple and smooth pear fruit, there is a sprinkle of praline on the nose and roasted salted hazelnuts in the finish. Superbly dry, but missing nothing for its lack of added sugar. The finest of mousse and a mouth-cleaning finale. Delightful and appetising.
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